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Some really, really good books

samlkelly
 
Fictions
Fictions
"Ignore the first story on your first read and this might just be the best thing written in the 20th century. Except..."
The Aleph and Other Stories (Penguin Classics)
The Aleph and Other Stories (Penguin Classics)
"... that this is even better. Borges gets closer to perfection than anyone else, ever."
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Essential Penguin)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Essential Penguin)
"This has to be the most beautiful novel I've ever read. Just magnificent."
Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
"This one's up there as well..."
Catch-22
Catch-22
"And this is probably the funniest. And such a better cover than the newer editions!"
Gulliver's Travels (Oxford World's Classics)
Gulliver's Travels (Oxford World's Classics)
"Most certainly not a 'children's book'. Wonderful."
Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Oxford World's Classics)
Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Oxford World's Classics)
"Powerfully written, with great characterisation."
Brave New World
Brave New World
"It's like '1984'! Only good..."
Coming Up for Air (Penguin Modern Classics)
Coming Up for Air (Penguin Modern Classics)
"... but don't think I dislike Orwell. It's just that this is far, far superior."
Keep the Aspidistra Flying (Penguin Modern Classics)
Keep the Aspidistra Flying (Penguin Modern Classics)
"And this."
Metamorphosis and Other Stories, The (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Metamorphosis and Other Stories, The (Barnes & Noble Classics)
"A bit hit and miss, but when it hits it's just so, SO great."
Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
"Stop looking at me like that. A great book, and you try finding someone who's not read it."
The Book of Sand and Shakespeare's Memory (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Book of Sand and Shakespeare's Memory (Penguin Modern Classics)
"And just to end, another of the best from JLB."